Saturday, February 11, 2012

My Maggie is Home

The animal hospital gave us a call on Wednesday afternoon and told us that My Maggie's ashes were back.  My dad had a doctor's appointment in New Haven so he stopped there on his way home to pick them up.
My Maggie is home.

Maggie loved Nantucket - we all do.  It's the bestest spot on the entire face of this earth!
Mom bought her Nantucket basket purse in 1992 and she carried it only a handful of times.  It was made by an Islander and it wasn't cheap and she was so afraid that it would get squashed or damaged so all these years, it's been a conversation piece in our family room.  Not any longer.  Maggie is inside mom's Nantucket basket surrounded by beautiful cheerful flowers, especially blue hydrangeas.  We tucked a seashell inside the flowers that we found at Jetties Beach  along with a couple of other souvenirs that we've collected over the years.  Carol Usher made the WoolieDale with the carrot toy.  Mr Carrot was one of My Maggie's favorite toys when she was younger.   Every single day while we were on our vacation, My Maggie and I had ice cream so the needle felted ice cream cone is so fitting.       Carol's wonderful gift arrived on Thursday with her beautiful card and we were so touched.  Thank you so much, Carol.

Yesterday, the FedEx man knocked at our back door.  Look what he delivered~

It's a beautiful flower arrangement. It's from The Rainbow Bridge and it's from Maggie~

Thank you so very, very much, Miss Elaine and Miss Kate.  You guys are the best!

 Every time mom reads the note, she begins to weep because it's so special and she misses her little girl so much.
Until we're together again..........

"And if I go, while you are still here...
Know that I still live on,
Vibrating to a different measure,
Behind a thin veil that you cannot see through.
You will not see me, so you must have faith.
I will wait there for the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to the fullest.
And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart,
...I will be there."

We love you, Maggie, and we miss you so very, very much!

Mom, dad and Mitch


Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

Oh Mitch that has to be one of the most beautiful posts we have ever read. We are so happy your Maggie is safely home with you again, the flowers are absolutely beautiful and Maggie's note just made us all tears eyed again. BIG hugs to you and your Mom and Dad.

Molly,Taffy, Monty and Winnie

bichonpawz said...

I'm all teary eyed here reading this. I understand your pain and still miss my boy every day. What a beautiful memory arrangement you have put together for your Maggie. She will be forever in your hearts. Sending along hugs for you all.
xo Jeanne with Chloe and LadyBug

scotsmad said...

We know it's such a comfort to have kendra's ashes on the shelf....just something peaceful and complete. We know you're happy Maggie is home.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Princess Patches said...

Welcome home, Miss Maggie! You have a beautiful resting place and the flowers are just gorgeous!


Sam said...

Hi Mitch, we're still very sad and understand how devastating this loss has been for your family. We know the ache and while having Maggie's ashes back helps, it also very bittersweet. We understand the depth of your longing and feel the ache in your hearts.

Mango said...

Mitch, The Mango is crying now too. I know that Miss Maggie is happy and eating ice cream and pizza every day but it sure is hard on those of you left behind.


SissySees said...

Tears... what beautiful tributes to a very special girl.

Sally said...

Still shading a tear.
Nice woooh

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Only tears of happiness now....Maggie will always be there, watching over everyone and making sure you all take time to enjoy all the things she loved.

Priscilla said...

That's a very beautiful post, Mitch! Our eyes are teary now but we are also happy that Maggie is safely home with you all again. We know it is really hard for you and your mom and dad but those fond memories of Maggie will definitely fill up the hole in your hearts and may those sweet moments with Maggie lighten your souls.

We all miss beautiful Maggie and hope she has already met our Hana and Laura and had their girlie chats.

Hugs to you and your mom and dad!

Gus said...

All these years, and we did not realize that Mitch had such a talent at telling wonderful tales and sharing wonderful things. Good work Mitch, we know your Maggie is proud of the way you are taking care of the blog and the parents. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memorial to Maggie.

gussie n teka

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Oh my house is flooded with tears again today. Maggie, you rest in peace now in that beautiful basket. You're home and in our hearts forever.
Your pawrents are the bestest, they miss you and love you, always.
We boys are not very good at expressing our thoughts but we were very impressed and touched with your daddy's post the other day, he did make us proud! And congrats to the Giants, that game was super excited 'til the last second!
My mom has my angel brother Ringo's ashes in a wooden box that next to his leash. He went to the rainbow bridge 4 years ago, my mom still has her eyes moist whenever she thinks of him.
Maggie, the most popular hat girl, we send pre-Valentine love.
Mitch, you're wonderful to your sister!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OH How Sweet and a Perfect Use fur the Nantucket Purse. I am sure Angel Maggie is very happy about the decision.

Sam said...

Boy, that got Mom crying too! What a beautiful present!


rottrover said...

Beautiful, beautiful. Gizmo is on my nightstand. It gives me great peace :-)

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Mitch, we are so glad that your Maggie is back home with you - that is where she belongs. We know how special that is. And what a beautiful basket she's in - she would love that!!

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family daily.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ivy

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Your post brought on the tears again, but ones of joy and sadness mixed. such a beautiful tribute to your special girl and such wonderful friends you have to remember her and you in such thoughtful ways. We think your memorial arrangement for Maggie is just awesome and so meaningful.

Hugs and Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Berts Blog said...

So beautiful. The note was such a heartfelt letter and we are all a bit teary again.

It must be nice to have her home again and to know that she is close.

We are still sending healing vibes your way.

Much Love
Bert adn My Vickie

Martha and Bailey said...

So glad Maggie is back home where she belongs and where she is so loved.
Beautiful basket, beautiful note and we're off for another tissue...
Much love
Martha & Bailey xx

Clive said...

Mitch, that was such a lovely post. We are so glad that Maggie is back home with you all now. Her basket is just beautiful and your friends sent such a special present.

Thinking of you all,
Clive, Murray and Fiona

Bassetmomma said...

Welcome home Miss Maggie! That is beautiful!

Jake of Florida said...

Like everyone else who has commented on this beautiful post, I could barely read it through the tears. The letter accompanying the flowers was so touching -- knowing exactly what you all cherish the most.

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry and Joan

Nellie with Nancy said...

Nellie said
Welcome Home to Maggie--what a beautiful resting place for her, Nantucket certainly is beautiful and peaceful <3
The flower Airegirl is breathtaking as is the wonderful note to accompany it so touching--I saved it to read again.
Airehugs to you all. It must be comforting to know how many hearts Maggie has touched<3 So glad to have you check in with us Mitch, it is a highlight of my day.
Nellie with Nancy

julandmatt said...

The past two post are just so moving and emotional. Between hearing your thoughts on missing Maggie, to the wonderful thoughtful gifts from your your friends finding 'just the right thing' so show you they care.

I weep.

Julie - Violets' mom

chicamom85 said...

What a beautiful way to remember a beautiful girl.

licks and sniffs Sasha

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Now I am crying so hard I can't see the key board!!! I said Bambi's name and i said Maggie's name!!!! I could feel them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish I could send you something!!!!
Love I can send and I send lots & lots & lots of it to you Sue and Mitch!!!!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Dear Mitch
I know that picking up Maggies ashes must have ripped your mom and dads heart out-, but at the same time - I bet it was a relief to have Maggie with all of you again.
The Nantucket basket is the perfect resting place for Maggie. Its so beautiful- just as she was.
The note from Maggie was so beautiful- moms got the magnify glass and read it to me.
A very special note.
I keep all of you in my thoughts everyday- cause thats what friends are for, and I love you.

Winston said...

Beautiful post!
A beautiful basket to hold precious Maggie!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Everybuddy, we are so glad Maggie is home. We love her new resting place in your mum's prized Nantucket basket. Just perfect. You have some wonderful friends. Hugs to you all. No worries, and extra love, Stella and Rory (and Carol x)

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a nice way to remember sweet Maggie
Benny & Lily

Oskar said...

Wow, that made my mom persons eyes leak alot.

I'm really glad that you have your beautiful Maggie back home.

Nubbin wiggles & hugs,
Oskar & Pam

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What a nice post for Angel Maggie. That is a beautiful basket for her. I will always remember and love Maggie and I am truly sorry for her leaving for the Rainbow Bridge. It is always so hard to part with out fur babies and I'm glad she is back home now. Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

Ellen said...

All these years that very special Nantucket basket was there and what a fitting as well as special place for Maggie's ashes to be placed in. The very sweet WollieDale is so unique and very realistic too. What a fine artist Carol is!

The Army of Four said...

Oh goodness! How beautiful!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

That is beautiful. We're glad Maggie is home. Pawhugs!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Such a beautiful post but also a tear-jerker. The flowers are beautiful and Maggie's new home surrounded with flowers is also perfect for her. We miss you Maggie!

River said...

The best thing is to have her home again. It is a beautiful tribute.

love & wags,

Sweet William The Scot said...

Maggie is home. Our hearts feel for you. I remember the day I brought my Half Pence home. It was his birthday. He passed nine days short of his thirteen birthday. The vet called on his birthday that his ashes had come back. Ironic I ask or was it a message like your 6 of hearts card.
I have to believe Maggie will continue to reach out and touch you. Maggie is Home.
Sweet William The Scot & Lee

lydia and dave said...

What a perfect spot for Maggie's ashes. Safe in a beautiful basket handbag. The flower arrangement is glorious--it just is Maggie all over!
Such wonderful friends you have. Maggie may be physically gone, but she is forever in your life.

Matilda said...

Maggie is in the beautiful basket with pretty flower arrangement...
My mom is crying...

Eileen said...

Maggie is home again where she belongs, and forever in your hearts.
Love from Eileen and Annie xx

parlance said...

Once again a beautiful tribute, and once again the tears are dripping onto my keyboard. It's wonderful that Maggie is with you in this new form. A great use of the Nantucket purse.

Persephone and Buster said...

What a beautiful spot for ms. maggie -- she can rest and watch over all of you....
gentle hugs to you all and slurps and butt bopps for mitch from the 3 +1 musketeers,
theBUSTER,, grrracie the grrreat and Ms.Persephone who lives with our sissie.

tula said...

Glad Maggie's back home- what a wonderful way to celebrate and remember her. beautiful!


Helsie said...

When the Time comes
If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done
For this last battle can’t be won.

You will be sad, I understand
Don’t let your grief then stay your hand
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love and friendship stands the test.

We’ve had so many happy years,
What is to come can hold no fears,
Would you want me to suffer so?
When the time comes please let me go.

Take me where my needs they’ll tend,
Only stay with me ‘til the end,And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see,
It is a kindness that you do to me
Although my tail its last has waved
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Do not grieve, it should be you
Who must decide this thing you do
We’ve been so close, we two these years
Don’t let your heart hold any tear

In our house we know just how you feel.

Maggie Mae said...

BeOOtiful post Mitch. Sweet Angel Maggie is back where she belongs, a good thing. :)

Maggie Mae and Max

Teddy Bear said...

What a beautiful post to your lovely Maggie. We love where her ashes are. And that floral bouquet was amazing!!! And that poem...ugh, Mommy is weeping. Thank you for sharing your hearts.

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Bocci said...

We are weeping here, too. What a beautiful arrangement for your dear Maggie's ashes-so fitting. And she is home again, just where she belongs

Stardust said...

Home sweet home Maggie. We miss you so much. My eyes wet too after reading the note, I know she will be at every barn raising.

I cried after reading the poem. Maggie stays in your hearts, her presence no thinner I just know. And she knows it too.

Archie and Melissa said...

Welcome home sweet maggie!
what a beautiful spot mom has found for you.
i love all of you with all of my heart.

so much love maggie!
we can feel it radiating from you.

you are a special, special soul, in heaven and on earth.

melissa & archie

Remington said...

Tears are falling....what a beautiful post....

mayziegal said...

Welcome home, Miss Maggie. What a Most Beautiful and Special place your mom picked out for you - and surrounded you with such wonderful things.

My mom is all leaky at the beautiful flowers and note that Maggie sent you. She was and is so very special. We all miss her lots but I am super happy that she gets to have stinky tripe whenever she wants.

Gentle wiggles & wags,

Schnauzer Days said...

Oh my - what a wonderful read. Everything is wonderful but the flowers from Maggie May and the poem are just so touching and moving. Thinking of you all and sending more hugs your way, Dex, Lou and Di xxx

Wyatt said...

Mom is all leaky now. That was beautiful. We just love Maggie's basket, SO fitting.
We have our first Airedale 'Leo' in a little box on our mantle with his collar, paw print and our favorite picture of him in his gardening hat. It makes mom smile every time she dusts the mantle.

P.S. The flowers in our walking post were 'Mediterranean Pink' Heather.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Wow. Just wow. A lovely post.
BRD & Hootie

Sammie and Avalon said...

Such an exquisite post - what a beautiful letter and flower arrangement; Mom has leaky eyes too... A Nantucket basket is such a beautiful place for Maggie's ashes to rest - the arrangement is lovely and surrounded by such pretty things that meant so much to Maggie...
We send you all a ton of hugs xxxxxxxx
Sammie and Avalon and Mom

Scout and Freyja said...

I believe with all my ♥ that we will be reunited with EVERYONE that we've loved and lost when it is our time to complete our Circle of Life. She's waiting for you...

The Strawberry Mallard said...

we have tears in our eyes tonight....God Bless you all, and know we are keeping you so close to our heart!
Love, Becky Gus and their peeps

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Mitch,

Sorry I'm so late coming over but thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. And also very belated Condolence Slobbers for Maggie. I didn't really know her (or you!) but I often heard about her on other doggie blogs. She seemed like sucj a wonderful doggie and great character and I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to know her better. That is the most beautiful memorial holder for Maggie's ashes! The ones we see here are all just plain wooden boxes - never seen anything so beautiful! What a lovely way to remember Maggie,

Honey the Great Dane